Red Towers Rising: New ‘AMD Advantage Desktop’ Program Highlights Raw Power and Best Parts

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Additionally, during its Radeon RX 7000 series RDNA 3 event today, AMD teased a new desktop initiative to complement its 2021 launch of its AMD Advantage Laptops program. Advantage gaming laptops have been promoted as a premium subcategory of laptops, along the lines of Intel’s Evo platform. Where Evo guarantees certain levels of connectivity, battery life, and more on machines with relevant supporting hardware (and, of course, Intel chips inside), AMD Advantage laptops were designed with AMD CPUs and silicon GPUs, and were adjusted to obtain the maximum yield and peak. user experience.

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An AMD Advantage laptop, the Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7, earned top marks in our tests and a recent Editors’ Choice award for performance gaming drives, a rare honor for an all-AMD machine. The new AMD Advantage Desktop program introduces a similar roadmap for desktop OEMs, demanding certain high specs, using the latest AMD flagship components, to design what the chipmaker calls “the most exceptional PCs on the market.” .

What is the (AMD) advantage of all this?

AMD’s Frank Azor, chief gaming solutions architect, presented the basics of the new program during the RDNA 3 launch. AMD Advantage desktops will be towers with Radeon RDNA 3 cards and Ryzen 9 7950X CPUs, with specific software integrations and compatible component guidelines to match the main parts. Core elements of Advantage Desktops will include the Ryzen 9 7950X processor, introduced earlier this fall, and the Radeon RX 7900 XTX GPU (AMD’s new $999 RDNA 3-based flagship card, demoed today and debuting in mid-December). ).

AMD Advantage Desktops

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The AMD Adrenalin Edition software package will unite the entire Team Red silicon under a single control mechanism, unlike Intel/Nvidia desktops governed by Nvidia’s GPU driver/tuning software and separate chipset/CPU utilities. Intel. Adrenalin not only allows CPU and GPU tuning, but also provides a game launch and tuning interface, as well as a hub for streaming and capturing games. It also incorporates controls for AMD-specific game enhancement technologies like Fidelity Super Resolution.

The hardware guidelines surrounding AMD Advantage Desktop designs go far beyond the silicon core. Processor liquid cooling will be a standard feature, though that’s really a given wherever a Ryzen 9 desktop CPU is on the cards. AMD also notes that Advantage units will have “premium chassis” designs, though the definition of premium is open to interpretation. However, “tool-free entry” will be a requirement with any chassis that presumably uses latches or levers to allow interior access, as opposed to screws. It is not clear if the appearance without tools what’s more apply to adding or updating internal components.

AMD Advantage Desktops

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More concrete is the insistence on a minimum of 2TB of NVMe storage, which makes sense in the use-case environments you’ll find these Radeon RX 7900 XTX-based PCs in: gaming, gaming, and more gaming (plus, maybe , some content creation on the side). With single game install sizes exceeding 100GB for some AAA titles, a 2TB drive isn’t too big, by any means, once a modern PC gaming library is established.

AMD Advantage Desktops

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EXPO is part of the plan

Beyond that, a minimum of 32 GB of system memory will be part of the AMD Advantage Desktop program. Being an AM5 platform, the memory subsystem will be DDR5, and AMD also notes that AMD EXPO memory solutions will be part of the recipe.

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AMD EXPO, which debuted during the Ryzen 7000 launch earlier this year, is a rough analog of the long-familiar Extended Memory Profiles (XMP), which outline easy memory configuration and overclocking settings. (EXPO, of course, requires an EXPO-compatible AMD AM5 motherboard and EXPO DDR5 memory kit, both of which have just started shipping.)

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Finally, the 80 Plus Gold power supplies will be another hardware floor for these systems. Given AMD’s emphasis with the launch of the Radeon RX 7900 XTX on power efficiency in its new cards, this is another green-minded laurel for AMD to cling to that score.

Initial system integrators on board with the AMD Advantage Desktop program include CSL, Cyberpower, Ebuyer, Falcon Northwest, Maingear, Origin and Xidax. We expect to see AMD Advantage Desktop certified systems in 2023 when the Radeon RX 7900 XTX hits the market in partner designs and AMD reference cards. Stay tuned as we get the first AMD Advantage desktops in for review, likely in the new year.

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